Home to the oldest state penitentiary west of the Mississippi, the Tri-State Rodeo, and the replica of the Old Fort from the war of 1812, Fort Madison is history at its finest. Visitors can enjoy a day along the mighty Mississippi, shopping in our historic downtown district, and walking amongst our historic parks. Fort Madison Main Street, our historic business district, has been going through a major transformation and continues to reinvent itself with upper-story living spaces being created as well as new and improved commercial opportunities. Thanks to state programs and local investment, we've been able to see 13 properties receive a facelift bringing back the character of yesteryear. There's still more to do, but we feel we are working in the right direction. By building a foundation for our downtown based on community support and love of Fort Madison, our businesses will continue to grow and thrive, while attracting new generations to the heart of our community. Fort Madison Main Street was founded in 2009, following its predecessor the Riverfront Business District. With great community support, we became a formally recognized Main Street program by the State of Iowa and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Acting as a non-profit organization, our mission is to enhance, beautify, and revitalize the downtown district within district borders through use of volunteer and local efforts as well as state and federal monetary and professional assistance, with a focus to improve the historical and economic health of all public and private structures within the district.